Just though I would write a little bit on boat selection. I have spent some time talking to people about which boats would be best for them and I believe it comes down to a few simple items –
- Does the kayak put a smile on your face? If you don’t like being in the boat, why waste your money?
- Does the kayak do what you want it to do? Go for the boat that does what you want to do and does it well.
- Think about where you want to be in a year…will the boat be able to do it.
- Plastic vs composite…glass, kevlar or carbon/kevlar boats have many advantages over plastic boats but generally cost more. If your first boat is composite, be aware that it may take some abuse that it wouldn’t necessarily take once you have experience. Plastic boats can take quite a bit of abuse but may not have quite the qualities you want.
- You can always fit out a boat for comfort after you purchase it. Many composite boats can be specially ordered with adjustments built in but may take longer to get.
- Try any boat you are thinking about purchasing. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive right?
So that is a brief intro to purchasing a boat. Get as much information as you can from many different sources.